By Janette Turner
Let me get something off my chest: I adore Edmonds and can’t help but use this column to tout the excellent art offerings in town. As a member of the Chamber Arts Awards Committee, I’ve seen first-hand the dedication and hard work of our fellow citizens to make this an arts town. But I’m finishing up a year’s stint as columnist for “Artfully Edmonds” and before I pass the torch to the capable Juliet Brewster, I want to thank you for reading my articles and supporting our arts community. My new role as My Edmonds News business correspondent will allow me to express appreciation for our local shops, services, and cafes. It may sound corny, but running a business can be a work of art and I look forward to celebrating the efforts of the owners and employees who make local commerce happen. Now without further ado, here are highlights for this week’s arts and entertainment.
Thursday: Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.
The downtown shopping and dining core will be busy with folks doing the ArtWalk from 5-8 p.m. Stop in at these businesses for an art fix.
C’est La Vie: The annual Spring Ladies Night fashion show starts at 6:30 p.m. to reveal summer dresses, swing skirts and T-shirts by new vendor, “A to Z.” Doors open at 6 p.m., but call 425 673 8905 or send email to reserve your spot.
Cole Gallery: Artist Angela Burdurka answers your questions about painting technique during a reception from 5-8 p.m. Also on display are Thailand-inspired finger paintings by Iris Scott.
Fabric of Life: Jodi Norton, daughter of featured artist Ann Norton sent the following statement about the show at Fabric of Life: “Ann’s Greenlake brings you prints and cards of Ann’s original paintings, which were created with acrylics, watercolors, oils and ink. Ann’s neighborhood and her flower gardens were the inspiration for many of her impressionistic style paintings. Ann is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and is no longer able to create her beautiful artwork. To read about our story, visit Ann’s Greenlake.”
MaJe Gallery: Jewelry by Shari Both will be featured at MaJe – formerly Manya Vee Selects – Gallery.
Thursday: Chamber Arts Awards ceremony at Edmonds Conference Center
When the clock strikes 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, leave the Art Walk and head to Edmonds Conference Center for the Chamber Arts Awards ceremony. The event will honor art champions Barbara Kindness, Mike Popke, Manya Vee Selects (now MaJe Gallery), Rick Steves/Europe Through the Back Door, KCTS, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Edmonds Center for the Arts. For more information on this celebration of the arts, see the complete story here.
Thursday – Sunday: Madrona K-8 “Seussical” at MLT auditorium
“Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” – is one of the show-stopping songs in the Madrona Children’s Theatre production of “Suessical The Musical,” playing through Sunday at Mountlake Terrace High School Auditorium. The show has two casts, designated as Red and Blue Fish, which perform as follows: Thursday at 7 p.m. with Red Fish cast; Friday at 7 p.m. with Blue Fish cast; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Red Fish cast; Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. with Blue Fish cast. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Kerry Brockman or calling 425 772 1421.
Thursday-Sunday: Driftwood opens “Hen Night Ephiphany”
It’s the ultimate ladies night as the Driftwood Players present the N. American premiere of “The Hen Night Epiphany,” by award-winning Irish playwright Jimmy Murphy. The show’s short run is through Sunday, so expect a sell-out before the production goes to Seattle’s DownStage Theatre, aka Stone Soup Theatre. Details and show times are here.
Sunday: Corinthian Yacht Club race
If you’ve ever wondered about those packs of sail boats skipping across the waves, here’s a link to our local racing club, Corinthian Yacht Club. CYC hosts Frostbite Series Race #4 this Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Port of Edmonds. For crew opportunities -and more information- visit the website.
Saturday: Sno-King Chorale presents “Les Miserables”
Sno-King Community Chorale’s annual Musica da Coro concert at Lynnwood’s Trinity Lutheran Church features fifteen chorale soloists in a version of the award-winning musical, “Les Misérables,” at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information on the show conducted by Frank DeMiero, see here. And for tickets, call 425 673 1242 or visit the Sno-King Chorale website.
Wednesday: ECA hosts EWHS benefit
Edmonds Center for the Arts hosts a benefit concert for Edmonds-Woodway Jazz Ensemble I on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 425 275 9595 or online. Proceeds support the EW Jazz Ensemble I’s trip to the Essentially Ellington Competition, and more information can be found here.
Congratulations: New Driftwood Players board
It’s fitting to end this arts column with a shout out to some volunteers at the start of their service. Here’s a hearty welcome to the new Driftwood Players board led by President Carissa Meisner Smit, with V.P. Mary Kay Voss, Diane McClure as Head of House, Chris Cannon as Head of Building Maintenance, and Kevin Starkey as Volunteer Coordinator.
And many thanks to you, dear friend, for sharing the artistic side of Edmonds with me.
Arts and entertainment reporter Janette Turner has been your guide to local culture. In addition to covering visual, performing and literary events for My Edmonds News, Janette is President of EPIC Group Writers, a writing instructor, and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney).